Marimekko is a Finnish design house celebrated worldwide for its original prints and colours. Founded in 1951 by a visionary woman Armi Ratia, Marimekko is said to be one of the world's first real lifestyle brands combining fashion, bags and accessories as well as home decoration into one unique point of view.
"Over the years, we have remained true to our original mission of bringing joy to everyday moments. Through our timeless, distinctive and functional designs, we want to empower people to be happy as they are: to live their lives as they desire and to express their personality boldly through the way that they dress themselves and their homes."
Maija Louekari is a Helsinki-based freelance illustrator and designer who has studied at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The starting point of her career was in 2003 when she won a design competition co-organised by Marimekko and the University of Art and Design Helsinki.
Maija's most recognisable patterns for Marimekko are Siirtolapuutarha (city garden) and Räsymatto (rag rug), which appear on fabrics, tableware, cushion covers, kitchen textiles and bed linen.
Enjoyment of coffee is affected not only by the aroma and freshness of the brew, but by the aesthetics and shape of the mug. The black-and-white pattern with a splash of ornage on this Siirtolapuutarha mug was drawn by Maija Louekari. It´s a story that continues from one dish to another, as we journey from the city to the cottage garden.
Designer: Sami Ruotsalainen
Pattern Designer: Maija Louekari
Colour: Black, white, orange
Size: Height 9.5cm Diameter 8cm
Material: White stoneware
Care: Oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe